Nebraska senior kicker Brett Maher was named to two award preseason watch lists on Wednesday. The Lou Groza Award is for the nation’s top place-kicker and the Ray Guy Award goes to the nation’s top punter. Maher is one of only two kickers on both watch lists, joining Oklahoma State’s Quinn Sharp.
Last season Maher became the first Big Ten player to be named the all-conference place-kicker and punter in the same year since 2001. Maher made 19-of-23 field goals, including 16-of-17 from inside 50-yards. His 19 field goals ranked tied for second in school history. As a punter, he was 10th nationally and led the Big Ten with an average of 44.5 yards per kick.